At one point or another, you may have heard people say that the past is in the past. It’s doubtful these people were saying that to a history buff. To historians, studying the past is intricately tied to the present.
By studying the development of civilizations and societies and determining how certain events affected people, historians can uncover how different beliefs, cultures, and values shaped present-day situations.
As a history major, you’ll study the past to illuminate the present. In doing so, the modern world will make more sense as you peel back the layers of the past to understand diverse people and the ideals they hold firmly.
You’ll dissect complex problems of today’s world by examining how the past has impacted the relationships among people on global, national, and local scales.
What does a History major study?
- American History
- The Ancient Mediterranean
- Medieval Europe
- Women and Gender in World History
- Introduction to World History
What can I do with a History degree?
Students taking various history courses will become proficient in critical thinking, writing, and reading. These are highly marketable skills that employers seek. Here are samples of career opportunities you may want to investigate:
- Reporters and Journalists
- Middle School Teachers
- Library Technicians
- Social Science Research Assistants
Specializations for a History major:
- Social History
- Religious History
- Political History
- European History
- Ancient History
- Global History
- Women’s and Gender History
What are the requirements for a History degree?
Meet with your academic advisor throughout your undergraduate education. Doing so will help you to keep tabs on the courses you need to graduate and begin your career. Internships at a museum, library, or other institution provide history-related career experience and credit hours toward your degree.